Stephen Childe

Academic profile

Dr Stephen Childe

Associate Professor in Business Management & Operations
Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Stephen's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 07: SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 12: SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

About Stephen


Dr Stephen Childe is an Associate Professor in Operations Management at Plymouth Business School, Plymouth, UK. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of IFIP Working Group 5.7 "Advances in Production Management Systems". He was formerly a Vice-Chairman of the UK Institution of Operations Management and is the Co-Editor (formerly Editor, Jan 2000 - Dec 2021) of the international journal "Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations" which addresses operations management in all sectors, especially focussing on research that addresses or identifies problems experienced in industry.

Supervised Research Degrees

MPhil 2021

Walker J, Analysing approaches to identify opportunities for automation and specify manufacturing systems

PhD 2020

Breitenbach F, Application of Business Process Management for Corporate Sustainability

PhD 2014

Pakhogar A, Hierarchical Multi-Project Planning and Supply Chain Management: an Integrated Framework

PhD 2014

Al-Essa F, Application of FMEA and RFID to improve emergency room performance in hospitals

PhD 2014

Baban P, Exploring the effects of supply chain structure on supply chain integration in manufacturing industry

PhD 2012

Alexander A T, Maximising the outcome of University to Industry Knowledge Transfer

PhD 2011

Norton H, Advanced quality management systems

PhD 2010

Alkahtani T, Decision making process for prioritizing replacement of medical equipment

PhD 2009

Errington M, Towards a formal process for “beyond economical repair” decision making

PhD 2002

Wood C L, Linking performance requirements with process improvement actions for business process re-design

PhD 2002

Ijomah W L, A model-based definition of the generic remanufacturing business process

PhD 2001

Gingele J, Modelling business processes with links to ISO 9001

PhD 2000

Bradford J, The systemic redesign of manufacturing systems in SMEs

PhD 1999

Nash Z, A framework for implementing process-based change

PhD 1998

Greswell T J, A soft systems approach to the formulation of a manufacturing strategy

PhD 1997

Brown R P, Organisational culture and quality improvement: a study

PhD 1996

Smart P A, An approach for the development of computer based best practice delivery mechanisms for small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises

PhD 1995

Weaver A M, A model-based approach to the design and implementation of computer aided production management systems

MPhil 1992

Hallihan A J, A critical evaluation of the application of group technology in a capital goods manufacturer

MPhil 1992

De La Pascua G P, The specification of a computer aided production management system in a capital goods manufacturing company